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Making Art Sticker Tags!

I love creating tags, each one is its own mini canvas. I like to use them to adorned packages and gifts and they’re the perfect size to slip into an envelope and send off to a friend.

If you have a die cutting machine and appropriate die, or even a Silhouette, tag making is a great way to use up some of those gelli prints! If you have neither, no problem, scissors or an X-Acto knife and a ruler will do the trick.

Here, I used my Big Shot, Tim Holtz Tag Dies and my new Rectangle Art Stickers to create a tag to include in happy mail.

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Already having a gelli print base to work with made this really fast to create. A few doodles, scraps of book paper, some ink, ribbon, and an art sticker and it’s done.

These art stickers are available in my Etsy shop, HERE.

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Thanks for looking!

Quick and Easy Gift Card Sleeve

I think we’ve all been there at some point, needing a quick, last minute gift for someone, but wanting to make it a little more fun that simply handing them a plastic card.

Here I used one of my round art stickers, available in my Etsy Shop, to create a quick and easy gift card sleeve in just minutes.

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I added a bit of washi to the card itself to form a pull tab, decorated the sleeve with gel pen doodles and a bit of stamping then called it done!

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There are so many fun & easy uses for these round stickers, feel free to drop by my shop and pick up a set. ArtandWhimsyCreates on Etsy.

Thanks for looking!

 

 

Mixed Media Pocket Letter

Happy hump day! If you read my blog, then you already know about my latest obsession with Pocket Letters and what a Pocket Letter is.

A couple of weeks ago, a wonderful lady on the Pocket Letter Pals website sent me a message to inquire about a swap. Her name in Anne May and she lives in Norway.

We agreed on swapping mixed media style pocket letters, squared away a few other details and set a date.

Here is the pocket letter that I made for her.

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I created it using one of my gelli prints, some of my own hand carved stamps, misc bits and pieces from my stash and one of my favorite flower stamps from Paperbag Studios.

I then set about to fill the pockets, front and back, with goodies like stickers, die cuts, tags, washi tape and some tea.

It was a fun PL to create and I’m happy to have had an  opportunity to make a new art friend so many miles away.

And now for the A-mazing PL that I received from Anne May!

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Isn’t it fantastic? It’s so vibrant and detailed… and those stamps… Oh my! She filled the pockets with wonderful goodies, a lovely letter and even some treats that I can’t wait to try.

You can see more of what she’s up to on her blog, HERE.

From my heart to yours, Anne May… Thank you.

Thank you all for reading. Wishing you a wonderful rest of the week.

Art & Whimsy Etsy Shop… Now Open For Business!

Squeeee… I have Big, BIG News today… I am officially open for business on Etsy!

Be sure to take advantage of my grand opening special of FREE Shipping, on select items.

New items will be added regularly, so please add ArtandWhimsyCreates to your favorite shops and check back often.

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The Groove Tool Review & Demo Video

Hello & happy day! I have something new to share with you all today!

I was browsing the isles of my local craft store and spotted this new little gadget, The Groove Tool by Art-C. 2015-05-30 11.30.50 Being the art tool junkie that I am, and it being on sale… well, I couldn’t resist so Hello, Demo Video!

You can see it in action at the bottom of this video, but first, I’ll say a couple of things about it, since this is a review as well. Here’s what comes included in the box: 2015-05-30 11.32.42

  • 1 Groove Tool
  • 1 Brush Tip
  • 1 Sponge Tip
  • 1 Course Sanding Tip
  • 1 Fine Sanding Tip

*Additional tips are available for purchase. It requires 2 AA batteries (not included) and sells for $19.99. If you can pick it up on sale or with a 40% off coupon, like I did, even better.

Basically this lightweight tool works much like a spinning facial cleansing brush in that the tips spin when you turn it on. It has 2 speeds, low and high, making it suitable for use on various mixed media substrates, like paper, canvas, aluminum, even wood.

The Groove is quiet, super easy to use and rather fun! I think it would be especially useful for someone with carpel tunnel or arthritis since the spinning tip does the work for you with very little pressure needed. It would also come in very handy when mass crafting items like cards and invitations.

Another nice thing about it, is that the spinning tips make for a very smooth application, whether you’re using paint or inks, without any harsh brush lines.

I like brush marks as much as the next gal, but sometimes I want a smooth application and The Groove handles that wonderfully.

I’m pleased with this fun little gadget and think it was a good purchase. Did I need it, no. But now that I have it, do I see myself using it again and again, yes! Over all, my take on The Groove Tool by Art-C is that it’s a keeper and a good addition to my art tools.

If you aren’t able to find it at your local craft store, I found it online at Scrapbook.com, but it looks like they are currently sold out. 2015-05-30 12.59.39 A few tags that I made using The Groove.

And now to see it in action… if you enjoy the video, please show it some love by clicking the thumbs up to “like” it.

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Create Your Own Freeform Stencils

Hello all of you wonderfully artsy people!

I’m excited to share something new (to me) with you today!

I love stencils, all kinds of stencils, they’re a great way to add surface design and depth to my art journal pages and mixed media art. Sometimes, however, I’m looking for something just a little bit different or have the need for a stencil that I don’t have in my collection.

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Because of this, I decided to try my hand at stencil cutting. Today I’ll share with you my very first attempt at cutting my own freeform stencils, using the Plaid 2-n-1 Craft Tool and a Simply Stencil sheet, which is just a stencil blank, a clean sheet of plastic for you to cut your design into.

2015-05-24 12.22.52I started by plugging in my 2-n-1 Craft Tool, giving it a few minutes to warm up while I roughly sketched out my stencil design. My goal was a very freeform design. Because I do a lot of mixed media art, I knew that I wanted the printed stencil design to look rough, almost as if it was done by hand.

2015-05-24 12.45.35Working on a protected, heat-resistant surface, I began cutting the various design elements. This will take a few minutes, depending on how intricate your design is, but I encourage you to take your time and use caution; your craft tool will be extremely HOT.

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As you can see, my cuts aren’t pretty and I had a couple of ‘Oops” along the way, but I’m not bothered by that at all, It actually adds to the look that I’m going for.

If you want a crisper design, something a bit more structured, or maybe even a design that is just a bit beyond your current drawing ability, no problem! Simply print a design that you want to use from the internet, place the printed sheet of paper underneath your stencil blank, use a marker to trace the design onto your sheet of plastic, toss the printed paper and cut your design as I’ve explained above.

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Now that my freeform stencil was done it was time to PLAY! Taking a gelli print that I had previously pulled, I stamped on the various elements of my custom stencil, using acrylics, and added some random marks with pens and markers.

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The irregularities and “oops” of my roughly cut stencil only ads to the overall look, really giving it character. I’m pleased with the outcome of my first attempt at cutting freeform stencils and am excited to try my hand at a few more.

I hope that you’ve found this post informative and that you feel inspired to try it yourself. Using the Plaid 2-n-1 Craft Tool to create own distinctive stencils is a great way to make art that truly is uniquely your own. Have fun & Happy Arting!

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Handcrafted Books

I’ve made a commitment to myself to get my Etsy shop open for business in the next couple of weeks, so I’ve been busy making a few things to list for sale.

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This week I’ve been working on these Lotería inspired handcrafted books, in various sizes.

The cover of each one of these books is crafted from authentic Lotería cards, giving them fun and funky look.

Being Hispanic, making these books brought back a some nice childhood memories of playing this popular game, often referred to as Mexican Bingo.

Thanks for looking!

 

“Choose Happy” Giveaway Winners!

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Yes, you read that correctly… “winners”, there are TWO winners in the Choose Happy Giveaway!

Brave Girls Club sent me a copy of Choose Happy with my enrollment to Soul School, So I’m sharing a double dose of happy with TWO Art & Whimsy Followers!

The winners are Karen J. McLean and Gale Gibbons! Congratulations to you both and a big, warm thank you to everyone else that entered the giveaway!

Thank you all for following Art & Whimsy!

Note To Self

Dear Self,

Just a little reminder to Live Creatively, every. single. day. However grand or small the activity, even if all you have are a few short minutes, just do it… every. single. day.

Why? because you love it and because you’re worth it.

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Love,

Your Inner Artist

Pocket Letter

Hi all! Just a quick little post to share a Pocket Letter that I recently sent out for swap.

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This was a fun one to create. I used some journaling cards that I got at Michaels, cut them down to size, then embellished each pocket with various odds and ends from my scrap stash.

I filled the back of each pocket with an assortment of goodies for my new Pocket Letter Pal, like a tea bag, die cuts, stickers and other goodies as well as a letter to introduce myself.

Thanks for looking!

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